In April 1999 a new jurisdiction became the largest and least populous member of the Canadian federation. Nunavut, significantly meaning 'our land' in the language of the overwhelming Inuit majority, has only 27,000 people. These people live in small towns, villages, and hunting camps scattered around the treeless islands and coasts of Canada's Eastern Arctic. Larger than Quebec or Australia's Queensland, there are no roads joining Nunavut's communities, nor tying the region to the rest of Canada. In recent years the links have been scheduled, including charter aircraft, an annual sea-lift for staples and heavy materials (ice conditions permitting), and, the broadcast and computer media which will knit the region into Canada and the world.